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Jennifer Anne Accardo, M.D., M.S.C.E.

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Assistant Professor of Neurology

Research Interests: Neurodevelopmental disabilities; Sleep disorders; Pediatric neurology


Dr. Accardo attended St. John’s College and St. Louis University School of Medicine, from which she graduated in 2000. She trained in general pediatrics at Cook County Children’s Hospital in Chicago, IL. She then received specialized training, via a neurodevelopmental disabilities residency, at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, which she followed with a sleep medicine fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania. While at the University of Pennsylvania, she earned a master''s degree in clinical epidemiology.

She is currently a neurologist at Kennedy Krieger Institute and the director of the Sleep Disorders Clinic and Laboratory at Kennedy Krieger. As director, she performs clinical evaluations of sleep problems in children with developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, spina bifida and Down syndrome. She also supervises sleep laboratory services as part of the clinical neurophysiology laboratory. In addition, Dr. Accardo sees patients through the Center for Development and Learning and the NICU Followup Clinic.

Dr. Accardo is board-certified in pediatrics and neurology, with special qualification in child neurology. She holds subspecialty certification in sleep medicine. more


  • Assistant Professor of Neurology
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Departments / Divisions



  • B.A., St. John's College (Maryland) (1992)
  • M.D., St. Louis University School of Medicine - St. Louis (Missouri) (2000)
  • M.S.C.E., Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania) (2010)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Accardo’s research interests focus on children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and sleep problems. She has been awarded grant funding for a project looking at educational materials to help prepare children with developmental disabilities for overnight sleep studies.

Clinical Trials

Addressing Sleep Problems in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder at Multidisciplinary Autism Centers, Principal Investigator

Problem Sleep in Children and Young Adults with Fragile X Syndrome with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder, Principal Investigator

Sleep disturbances in neurobehaviorally challenged children with sickle cell disease: A pilot study

Use of an Educational Story to Prepare Children with Developmental Disabilities for Overnight Polysomnography

Selected Publications

  1. Good functional outcome after prolonged postanoxic comatose myoclonic status epilepticus in a patient who had undergone bone marrow transplantation. Accardo J, De Lisi D, Lazzerini P, Primavera A. Case Rep Neurol Med. 2013;2013:872127. doi: 10.1155/2013/872127. Epub 2013 Dec 3. PMID: 24368951
  2. Can you hear me snore? Accardo J, Reesman J. J Clin Sleep Med. 2013 Nov 15;9(11):1221-3. doi: 10.5664/jcsm.3180. No abstract available. PMID: 24235908
  3. Technical tips: performing EEGs and polysomnograms on children with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Paasch V, Hoosier TM, Accardo J, Ewen JB, Slifer KJ. Neurodiagn J. 2012 Dec;52(4):333-48. PMID: 23301283
  4. Levofloxacin neurotoxicity and non-convulsive status epilepticus (NCSE): a case report. Mazzei D, Accardo J, Ferrari A, Primavera A. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2012 Dec;114(10):1371-3. doi: 10.1016/j.clineuro.2012.03.029. Epub 2012 Apr 30. No abstract available. PMID: 22551579
  5. The association between psychiatric comorbidities and sleep disturbances in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Accardo J.A., Marcus C.L., Shults J., Meltzer L.J., Leonard M.B., Elia J. (2012). Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 33(2), 97-105.
  6. Differences in overnight polysomnography scores using the adult and pediatric criteria for respiratory events in adolescents.Accardo J.A., Shults J., Leonard M.B., Traylor J., Marcus C.L. (2010). Sleep, 33(10), 1333-1339.
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